Car’s a bit hard to steer but still a pretty good ride

Waitaki Herald - - MOTORING - By SAHIBAN KAN­WAL

ATe­muka man’s dare­devil driv­ing ways might be over but he still be­lieves a 1937 Ford V8 Coupe three seater is a great car to run around in.

Lyn­d­say Pren­tice says his car is 78 years old the same age as him and he bought it from ‘‘a cou­ple of po­lice­men in Ash­bur­ton’’.

‘‘I bought it from Barry Thompson and Bren­don Bate­man on Fe­bru­ary 22, 1974 for around 700 pounds.’’

The body of the car was then sand­blasted and un­der­coated.

‘‘The car had no mo­tor and I bought a mo­tor from a friend in South Can­ter­bury. The car had the run­ning gear, the wheels chas­sis and steer­ing, and a trailer load of parts and uphol­stery parts.’’

Pren­tice said a lo­cal pain­ter, Max Irons from Washdyke, painted the car in Septem­ber 1981 and it has not been re­painted since.

‘‘I had the mo­tor re­built in March 2013.’’

He has had the car for 41 years and he is quite happy with this state of af­fairs.

‘‘It goes up to 75kmh to 80kmh now and I be­lieve it is the only 1937 Ford V8 Coupe around. I have driven it all around New Zealand from In­ver­cargill to Auck­land.’’

He finds the car a bit hard to steer but he still takes it out ev­ery month for a drive.

‘‘Ev­ery­one typ­i­cally com­ments on it when I travel around for ral­lies and such.

‘‘Like the last time when I went for a rally in Tau­ranga there were these Asian tourists who asked me if they could get their pic­tures taken with it. I said ‘go for your life, do what you like as long as you don’t drive away with it’.’’

He is happy just driv­ing around New Zealand and can­not think of a sin­gle place over­seas he would rather drive the car in.

Pren­tice has al­ways been a self- pro­claimed V8 nut, who drove around in a 1936 Ford Coupe aged 18, with his brother.

‘‘I used to work in Mt Cook and I would drive around in the 36. I was never a fan of Austins and other cars. Needed some­thing with a bit more speed and power.’’

He also has a Ford 48 V8 Coupe to his name and for now he is happy with the two cars in his pos­ses­sion.

‘‘ The 37 Ford Coupe will be passed on to my son who is also a car en­thu­si­ast but for now no more cars for me as I am get­ting too old.’’

Te­muka’s Lyn­d­say Pren­tice with his 1937 Ford V8 Coupe which he has had for 41 years.

The front grille in the 1937 Ford V8 Coupe was V-shaped, rather than fol­low­ing the fend­ers into a pen­tagon shape, as on the 1936 model.

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